Schaum/Shieh covers Houston art gallery in sculptural white panels

Sculptural white stucco panels and small triangular windows define the facades of this gallery by US studio Schaum/Shieh, which is meant to appear like it could “blow away in the wind”. Run by an independent curator, the Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology is located in Houston’s museum district, near buildings such as the Renzo Piano-designed

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Steven Holl ramps garden over Houston’s Glassell School of Art

Architect Steven Holl has completed this concrete and glass art school at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where students can relax in an outdoor sculpture park and a ramped roof garden. New York-based firm Steven Holl Architects’ Glassell School of Art replaces a 35-year-old building as part of a major redevelopment of the Museum

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Schaum/Shieh designs Houston concert venue to endure “rough handling”

American studio Schaum/Shieh has used steel, concrete and wood to create a live music venue in Houston, Texas, that can handle large crowds and rowdy performances. White Oak Music Hall hosts live concerts for a range of music styles, including country, rock and jazz. The campus – which consists of a main concert hall, a pavilion

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Michael Viviano designs gabled house for his parents in Houston

Architect Michael Viviano has worked with his mum and dad to create them this concrete and timber house with a gable roof in Houston, Texas. Situated on a narrow, noisy corner plot, the two-storey house measures 4,250 square feet (395 square metres). The building is constructed of custom-cut, stacked concrete bricks, with contrasting tongue-and-groove larch cladding

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Masterplan unveiled for Downtown Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey

Houston has launched a 20-year plan to overhaul its Downtown business district, after the Texas city’s urban design was heavily criticised following catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce report outlines the city’s intentions to update the urban planning of Downtown Houston over the next two decades. The document

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“Urban design caused the Hurricane Harvey disaster”

Houston’s poor urban planning, not climate change, is to blame for the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Harvey, says disaster expert Ilan Kelman in this Opinion column. Hurricane Harvey was a major storm with extensive rainfall. It was not a natural disaster. The disaster was caused by human decisions to live in a hurricane zone without

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Houston contractor builds her own charred-timber residence designed by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

The owner of a construction company in Houston has collaborated with Seattle architects Suyama Peterson Deguchi to create a Japanese-influenced home that she built for herself. The design and construction of the Shou Sugi Ban House was joint effort between the architects and Erin Stetzer. Because the client, the proprietor of Stetzer Builders, was also

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Steven Holl’s curvy-roofed addition to Houston arts museum breaks ground

Construction has begun on a new building by American architect Steven Holl for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which will provide a new entry point to the campus. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 164,000-square-foot (15,200-square-metre) Nancy and Rich Kinder building took place 1 June 2017. It is the second of two structures that New York-based

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Glass-bottomed Sky Pool suspends swimmers 500 feet above Houston

A transparent portion of a swimming pool atop a high-rise development in Houston, Texas, projects outward so brave residents can view both the skyline in front and the ground 40 storeys below. The Market Square Tower is the latest residential complex to boast a glass-bottomed pool, following proposals for London and India. A post shared

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Shotgun Chameleon house in Houston is designed to help its owners off-set their mortgage

Taking influences from the vernacular houses of the southern US, this low-cost house in Houston by ZDES architects is designed to accommodate a family, but can be divided up to allow the owners to rent out private areas.  The 139-square-metre house, called Shotgun Chameleon, was conceived as a prototype that could be adapted with a variety of room configurations More

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West 8 plans botanical garden for Houston featuring an arching tree bridge

Dutch landscape firm West 8 has masterplanned a new botanical garden in Houston, Texas, featuring a mosaic of gardens and a bridge incorporating an arch of trees. Encompassing 120 acres (49 hectares), the Houston Botanic Garden will replace a golf course in the suburb of Glenbrook Valley, near the city’s airport. The area is bordered by More

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Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts unveils campus redesign by Steven Holl

News: Steven Holl has been appointed to rework the campus of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and will add new buildings to offer a “complementary contrast” to structures by Mies van der Rohe and Rafael Moneo. New York-based Steven Holl plans to relegate all of the existing car parking underground, creating a pedestrian-friendly campus with two buildings […]
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